Texas State downs Georgia State

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Texas State Women's Basketball

An offensive explosion matched by ferocious defense allowed Texas State to outscore Georgia State, 20-4, in the third quarter. 

The dominating performance to start the second half guided the Bobcats to a 62-40 win over the Panthers on Thursday in front of 4,425 fans at Texas State’s annual Kid’s Game. 

“I think what I’m most proud of in the game is our start in the third quarter because Georgia State did a great job of fighting the entire time,” head coach Zenarae Antoine said. “They’re one of the best offensive-rebounding teams in our conference, and obviously they had 16 offensive rebounds tonight. Seeing our players make those defense adjustments was really important because we’ve talked a lot and focused even more on doing better job defensively because that’s what you need to do in order to have consistent play this deep into February going into March.”

Texas State (19-8, 12-4 Sun Belt) finished the day with four Bobcats in double figures. Senior forward Ti’Aira Pitts led the Bobcats with 17, followed closely by senior guard Taeler Deer, who tallied 16 points. Junior guard Toshua Leavitt notched 11 points and knocked down three 3-pointers against the Panthers (7-19, 3-12) to become the Sun Belt single-season leader in made 3-pointers. Senior forward Ericka May ended the day with a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. 

Both teams traded buckets early in the opening quarter, but Texas State took command and exited the period with a 19-12 lead. 

The Bobcats uncharacteristically went cold in the second quarter. Texas State failed to score a field goal after Deer sank a jumper with 7:07 remaining in the first half. The Bobcats were able to go 5-of-6 from the free-throw line during the offensive dry spell, but the Panthers cut Texas State’s lead down to 28-22 at the half. 

May said Texas State got lazy in the second quarter and fouled too often, but she added that the team refocused on its defensive effort during the intermission. 

“We discussed in the locker room before the coaches came in, how ‘defense is going to win this game, and how we need to pick it up as a unit. Everyone needs to have each others gap and help,’” May said. “I feel like us communicating about it together really helped us have spark when we came out in the third quarter.” 

Texas State’s defense suffocated Georgia State throughout the third quarter holding the Panthers to four points. The Bobcats took a 48-26 lead into the fourth quarter. 

In the final minute of regulation, Leavitt drained a 3-pointer to tie the Sun Belt record for most 3s in a season, and with 14 seconds remaining she became the single-season record holder. 

Texas State secured its third-straight win with its 62-40 victory on Thursday. 

The Bobcats look to notch the fourth consecutive win when they take on Georgia Southern on Saturday at 2 p.m. inside Strahan Coliseum. 

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